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Anesthesia risks are serious matters for many people

Anesthesia is necessary for many medical procedures. Putting someone to sleep under general anesthesia requires the use of some dangerous medications. It’s up to the anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist to ensure that the patient receives the drugs they need so they don’t feel the procedure but without administering too much that there are complications. 

It’s imperative that all patients who are under anesthesia are properly monitored during the procedure. This can prevent some of the issues that might occur. But, the type and dosage used also matter. 

What are some of the serious issues that can occur with anesthesia?

There are common issues that come with anesthesia. These include things like a sore throat, nausea, confusion, chills, or vomiting. Some effects are much more serious. These include:

  • Trouble breathing: People who have obstructive sleep apnea can have issues with their breathing when they come out of anesthesia. Even healthy patients might need to be kept on the ventilator longer if they’re having trouble breathing without help after surgery. 
  • Malignant hyperthermia: This reaction to anesthesia causes a person to develop a rapid fever and severe muscle contractions. This can be fatal if it’s not handled properly.
  • Slowed or stopped bodily functions: Some patients have trouble with urination and need medical intervention to empty the bladder. Anesthesia affects the way the intestines work, so some patients have trouble with digestion after surgery. This usually resolves within a week after the surgery, but medical help might be necessary. 
  • Blood clots: These aren’t necessarily directly related to the anesthesia, but are associated with remaining in the same position for a long time. Prolonged surgery may lead to blood clots, especially in the legs.

People who suffer harm due to an error made by the anesthesiologist may need considerable medical care. It can also necessitate time off work, which means a reduction in income. When negligence is a factor in the situation, the patient may opt to pursue a claim for compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. These cases can be challenging, so working with someone who’s familiar with these cases is beneficial.